Payments for ecosystem services (PES) present a promising opportunity for mangrove conservation that supports local people. Mangroves provide a host of valuable ecosystem services in coastal areas worldwide, including protection of coastal areas from storms, winds, and waves, habitat provision for fish and other aquatic life, carbon sequestration, and erosion control. Yet, regulation in these valuable ecosystems is often convoluted and may not favor conservation or accommodate the use of PES. This policy brief outlines the legal and regulatory frameworks for mangrove conservation and PES in Vietnam and illustrates the opportunities and challenges with information from Xuan Thuy National Park.
Download the PDF here: “REDD and Mangrove Forests in Vietnam: Legal Issues“